Comfortable, warm weather conditions are expected for this weekend’s Deniliquin RSL Club Iron Jack Fishing Classic.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a sunny top of 33°C on Saturday and a top of 34°C and mostly sunny on Sunday.
There’s been some reports of great fishing on the Edward River at Deniliquin in the lead up to the annual ‘angle-fest’.
While local angler Josh Campbell said it’s often a sport of luck and patience, there are a few tips Classic competitors can use to enhance their chances of snagging a prize-winning fish.
He said searching for fast moving water has always been a successful move for him in the past.
‘‘You should look for anywhere there’s a bit of current, and the bait you’re using also helps.
‘‘Certainly morning and evening are better for fishing, with cooler water temperatures.
‘‘The best bait to use are yabbies, shrimp and bardi grubs.’’
Mr Campbell was also part of the team to catch ‘Ripper’, the tagged cod, for the event.
‘‘It took us about two days to catch him (‘Ripper’),’’ he said.
‘‘We did catch about three smaller cod on the first day, too.’’
If snagged during the allocated fishing times over the Classic weekend, the lucky angler who catches the 59cm ‘Ripper’ will walk away with $15,000 in cash.
After the Classic weekend, the prizemoney is reduced to a handy $1000 for the next 12 months.
Ripper’s tag must be retrieved and presented to the chief marshal at Classic HQ in order the claim the prize.
Before removing the tag and releasing Ripper back into the Edward River, you must take a photo on your brag mat with your registration card clearly visible.